Authors - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 3, 106 BC - December 7, 43 BC; sometimes anglicized as Tully), was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist, Roman consul and constitutionalist. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the equestrian order, and is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists. - Wikipedia
As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.
An unjust peace is better than a just war.
Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
All splendid things are rare.
In the very books in which philosophers bid us scorn fame, they inscribe their names.
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.
A man of courage is also full of faith.
Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; the beasts, by nature.
No one can speak well, unless he thoroughly understands his subject.
It is a true saying that "One falsehood leads easily to another".
Such praise coming from so degraded a source, was degrading to me, its recipient.
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face, its index the eyes.
Nature herself makes the wise man rich.
Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.
Let arms give place to the robe, and the laurel of the warriors yield to the tongue of the orator.
The freedom of poetic license.
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation.
The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.
History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.
The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong.
Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
Endless money forms the sinews of war.
Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.
Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion, or some other inward emotion, than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute.
The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature.
A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body.
The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment.
Neither can embellishments of language be found without arrangement and expression of thoughts, nor can thoughts be made to shine without the light of language.
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.
We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.
We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.
Law stands mute in the midst of arms.
Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.
He removes the greatest ornament of friendship, who takes away from it respect.
Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
The more laws, the less justice.
While there's life, there's hope.
Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
Eating rice cakes is like chewing on a foam coffee cup, only less filling.